The story of a trip down the Hudson River from Albany to New York.
Ferry leaving the pier
Rock quarry along Hudson - view from river
Row of lifeboats on board ferry
Sequence of boat engines
Establishing shot of ocean liner
Two grade school children (boy and girl) standing on deck of boat behind railing with lifesaver inscribed "Alexander Hamilton, New York"
People board boat, whistle blows on smokestack. Boat pulls away from Manhattan pier. Hudson River. Dayliner. VS 2 children on deck.
Barge traffic on Hudson River. Tugboats. Passengers sit on deck at chairs and tables. Lighthouse, lifeboats, CU lifeboat. Children wave. Dayliner passes "Hendrick Hudson". People wave.
Captain steers boat. Children explore decks. Captain lets them steer. Captain demonstrates wheel.
Boat passes under railroad bridge.
Passing car ferryboat. Kayak paddles by. Canoe with a sail. Sailboat.
Ships engine room. Machinery. Engineer pulls levers.
New Jersey Palisades (cliffs on west side of Hudson River).
Oil tanker. Motor yacht. Cabin cruiser. Speedboat.
Shot of George Washington Bridge from below.
Fireboat shooting stream of water. Barge. Tugboat.
Children on deck of boat next to American flag.
3 masted schooner in New York Harbor. Ferryboat in New York Harbor. Police patrol boat. Ocean liner. Freight boat being unloaded (sugar from Cuba).
Large ocean liner and tugboats.
Roger and Nancy, two children about 10 years old, board the "Alexander Hamilton," climb to the upper deck, and watch activities on the dock as the gangplank is raised and hawsers are cast off. The whistle blows and they start on their journey. As they move smoothly along, Roger and Nancy see ways in which people use the river. First, they see a large freighter being loaded with lumber.
Then, across the river they see a huge rock quarry where barges are loaded with stone and pulled downstream by strong tugs. The lighthouses and lifeboats that they see indicate some of the ways in which passenger safety is cared for. Soon they meet the "Hendrick Hudson," another boat on its way up the river from New York.
Roger and Nancy become interested in the ways in which the boat is operated. They see the captain in the wheelhouse and decide to visit him. The captain greets them pleasantly, answers their questions, and explains the use of the wheel to steer the boat and of the signaling apparatus - connected to the engine room.
The boat passes under a high railroad bridge and approaches a town. Ferryboats wait for the "Alexander Hamilton" to pass. Various kinds of boats are shown on the river -- kayaks, canoes equipped with sails, and large sailboats. By this time, Roger and Nancy are wondering what makes their boat run, so they go below to watch the huge engine in operation. They also watch the engineer operate levers that control the direction in which the boat travels.
Returning to the deck, Roger and Nancy are just in time to see the Palisades near New York City. They meet another freight boat, a brightly finished motor yacht, a cabin cruiser, and an outboard motorboat.
Soon they pass under the huge George Washington bridge, and near by they see a fireboat practicing as it throws streams of water high into the air. A barge carrying gasoline is moved along by a tugboat. Roger and Nancy see an old sailing ship lying at anchor in the river, its masts bare of sails. They watch a ferryboat on its way to New York from New Jersey and a police patrol boat. An ocean liner is helped to a pier by tugs. Bags of sugar are unloaded from a freighter from Cuba. The film ends as a huge liner, the "Normandie," is pushed into the stream with the help of tugs and starts its long journey to Europe.
SAILBOATS BOATS RIVERS HUDSON ALBANY WATER VACATIONS FUN OUTDOORS TRAVEL RECREATION NEW YORK CITY TRANSPORTATION CITIES
Subject: Enjoyed it!
I wish this film had shown more of the engine room. This ship had a triple expansion steam engine. Those were quite efficient because the steam performed work in three cylinders before being exhausted. The engine's manufacturer isn't specified anywhere that I can find.
Thanks for uploading this film.
Subject: Alexander Hamilton
Its last stop at Poughkeepsie was in September, 1962, but ran up as far as the Mid-Hudson Bridge from Manhattan until Labor Day, 1971. I took the sail from NY to Poughkeepsie, every year from 1965 to 1970.I miss her whistle which echoed through the Hudson Valley. I have many fond memories of this ship from my days growing up in Dutchess County.
Subject: Hudson River
Subject: Takes Me Back........
Subject: Dull as toast
High Points - The boy sure wears some spiffy period clothes.
Low Points - Did I mention it was dull, dull, dull?
Subject: Great shot of Normandie
Subject: No landmarks?
(Ex:West Point, Bear Mountain, etc.) The film concentrates a bit too much on the mechanical aspects. The narrator over emphasizes many words
which I feel was unnecessary. I realize this children's educational film was made in 1938, but it seems a bit sluggish for even that time period.
Subject: Dick and Jane Go on a Boat Ride
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.